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‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

By Janine Bowen A Westchester musician is still trying to share his music with the people of Cold Spring after the town forced him to stop playing earlier this spring. Matt Miller, 66, had been playing his guitar in Dockside Park for quite some time before he was found to be in violation of town […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

The Crossroads 312 proposed project was controversial before a zoning change was granted last February, and it appears that strife will continue to linger as a lawsuit has been filed in connection to the rezoning. Four residents filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Southeast, as well as Crossroads 312 LLC, JPH Development […]

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Students and parents involved in the Brewster school district’s music department voiced angst and apprehension over the way district officials plan on replacing a music instructor taking a leave of absence, during a June 9 school board meeting. Several students, current and former, as well as a handful of parents questioned if the district is […]

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

On roadways all throughout Putnam County, the sight of Sclafani Oil and Propane trucks is a familiar one dating back to when oil prices were dramatically cheaper. Covering a 42-mile radius, Sclafani, owned and operated by Maureen and Jerry Sclafani, offers its services to northern Westchester County, all of Putnam County, and southern Dutchess County, […]

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Danbury’s loss became Brewster’s gain last week when a professional hockey team announced its intention to use Brewster Ice Arena for at least the next five years, giving Putnam County a professional sports team to boast and attract visitors from the region. Owner of the new Brewster-based team Barry Soskin, general manager Herm Sorcher, Brewster […]

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by former Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Adam Stiebeling was dismissed, finally closing a chapter that sent the emergency services community into further turmoil since the start of the New Year when Stiebeling lost his job. Putnam County State Supreme Court Justice Victor Grossman rendered the decision on June 3 […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Legislator Joe Castellano in his bid for reelection as the District 7 seat has suddenly turned into a contested race. John Riley, a 22-year Southeast resident, confirmed in an interview Monday his intentions to run for the legislative seat, in hopes of making a Democratic dent in an […]

Business Profile: Empire Performance Physical Therapy, Carmel

Business Profile: Empire Performance Physical Therapy, Carmel

When Tony Tanzi was an athlete growing up in Mahopac, anytime he suffered a injury, usually a minor one, he looked forward to going to his physical therapists, knowing it was one step closer to getting back on the playing field. Now, Tanzi wants to provide that same service to injured athletes looking to recover […]

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

By Janine Bowen The Putnam Valley Board of Education has appointed a new high school principal, who will begin work at the start of the new school year in September. Current principal, Vincent Burruano announced his retirement in April and on Thursday night; Sandra Intrieri was selected to fill the position at an annual salary […]

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

Putnam Hospital Center recently implemented the Opt-to- Quit program to assist patients who wish to stop smoking. The program is developed by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and facilitated by the New York State Quitline Service. At Putnam Hospital Center, both inpatients and outpatients are asked if they smoke as part of a routine nursing […]

Jamie Martinez stands inside Cold Spring Pet Supply, which is owned by her and her husband Ray. DAVID PROPPER PHOTO

Business Profile: Cold Spring Pet Supply, Cold Spring

Instead of tracking down a new pet store to buy all their pet items, Jamie and Ray Martinez decided to open up their own place instead. Before the Martinez couple opened Cold Spring Pet Supply, they used to go to the same location to buy all their pet needs. But with Reigning Cats and Dogs […]

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

By Neal Rentz Two Democrats, Nancy Sorbella and Dale Cusack, said last week they were running for the Kent Town Board. Sorbella has lived in town for more than 25 years with her family “This is my first time running for elected office but I have always been involved in my community,” she said. “I […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

By Janine Bowen Putnam County health officials and medical providers are working to address deficiencies in the county’s mental health services, specifically in the areas of chemical dependencies and developmental disabilities. During a public hearing on Wednesday night, led by Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Social Services, and Youth Bureau, Michael Piazza, a […]

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

With four candidates running for three open seats on the Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees, below is a preview of the four residents vying for office. The board and budget vote will take place June 2, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library. Anthony Battista- Incumbent As someone who’s involved in operations and […]

Business Profile: Cakes By Angela, Brewster

Business Profile: Cakes By Angela, Brewster

Several years ago, the extent of Angela Maass’ interest in baking and dessert decorating was watching shows on television about it like Cake Boss. But when someone she knew needed a birthday cake, the crafty and creative Maass gave it a try and baked and dressed up a “not so bad” cake. She’s been doing […]

Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

A trio of incumbent Putnam County legislators officially received the Republican nomination last Wednesday as the three begin their campaigns for a second term in office. Legislators Barbara Scuccimarra, Ginny Nacerino, and Joe Castellano, who have all served the past three years, receive backing from the county Republican Committee during its annual GOP convention. Scuccimarra […]

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

In the only primary showdown that should yield a red-hot summer of campaigning, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy received the endorsement of the county’s Republican Committee Wednesday night at the party’s annual convention. Levy, a two-term office holder, emerged the Republican nominee over challenger Bob Tendy, the Putnam Valley Supervisor and a criminal defense […]

Business Profile: Air and Marine Travel, Brewster

Business Profile: Air and Marine Travel, Brewster

When Barry Hyatt first started working in the travel agency, it was so long ago that the United States was starting to place travel restrictions to a Cuba. The year was 1960, and Hyatt was working in Manhattan. Two years later, he moved to Brewster and started his own business, Air and Marine Travel, on […]

Former County Clerk Candidate Announces Run for Leg. Seat

Former County Clerk Candidate Announces Run for Leg. Seat

After running for a countywide position last year, Lithgow Osborne announced his intention to run for the District 1 Legislative seat up for election this year. Osborne, who ran for county clerk and lost, is so far the only Democrat nominated to run for a county position, pitting him against incumbent Republican Barbara Scuccimarra who […]

School Budget and Board Results in Putnam

School Budget and Board Results in Putnam

Each school district in Putnam County saw its budget pass easily Tuesday night to the delight of district officials as incumbent school board members retained their seats with scores of newcomers also earning spots. In Brewster, 917-457 voted in favor of the budget and the purchase of seven new buses also passed 915-460. Board president […]

Putnam Legislators Examine Proposed Animal Abuse Registry

Putnam Legislators Examine Proposed Animal Abuse Registry

Putnam County SPCA Chief Kenneth Ross is proposing the creation of a registry of convicted animal abusers. Ross discussed his proposal during the May 13 county Legislature’s Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting. Placement on the animal cruelty registry, which would be posted online, would prohibit an animal abuser from obtaining a pet for […]

Vacant Spot on Philipstown Board Filled by Longtime Resident

Vacant Spot on Philipstown Board Filled by Longtime Resident

The vacant town board seat in Philipstown was filled last Thursday, when longtime resident Bob Flaherty was appointed and subsequently sworn in. Flaherty, a Democrat, was selected by the all-Democratic town board unanimously during the board’s monthly meeting, to finish out the remaining term of former board member and current Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy. […]

Mahopac Woman Shoots, Kills Ex-Boyfriend After Break-in

Mahopac Woman Shoots, Kills Ex-Boyfriend After Break-in

A woman shot and killed an intruder who happened to be a former domestic partner early Sunday morning that rocked a sleepy street in Mahopac with sounds of gunshots and police sirens. The woman, who police have not identified, shot Philip Miraglia of Mahopac, a person she was once romantically involved with, after he allegedly […]

Patterson Supervisor Race Contested as Former Assembly Candidate Enters Race

Patterson Supervisor Race Contested as Former Assembly Candidate Enters Race

With Patterson Supervisor Michael Griffin deciding against seeking a ninth term in office, two Republicans and one Democrat have come forward during the committee process in hopes of the attaining the vacant seat. Two-time New York State Assembly candidate and Democrat Andy Falk and Patterson Town Planner and Republican Richard Williams both confirmed their intention […]

Murphy, Local Leaders Work to Get Grip on Drug Epidemic

Murphy, Local Leaders Work to Get Grip on Drug Epidemic

By Rick Pezzullo Elected officials, community leaders and law enforcement personnel joined together last week to discuss strategies on how to curb the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is destroying and claiming lives at an alarming rate in Westchester and Putnam counties. “The problem that we’re dealing with is an epidemic of Americans becoming […]

Annabi Confirms Run for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Annabi Confirms Run for Putnam Valley Supervisor

It may not be much of a surprise considering the volume of chatter throughout Putnam County, but Republican Jackie Annabi confirmed she’s indeed running for Putnam Valley supervisor this year after more than five years on the town board. In an interview, Annabi said she’s ready to take a more active role in Putnam Valley […]

Business Profile: The Putnam Diner, Patterson

Business Profile: The Putnam Diner, Patterson

When customers walk into the Putnam Diner, nothing makes owner Steve Hanziargiriou happier than to hear those regular patrons say the diner is like “their home, away from home.” For more than a decade, the Putnam Diner has served Patterson and the surrounding region, making both regular customers and those traveling through Putnam feel welcomed […]

Dance-a-Thon for Various Causes Set for Saturday

Dance-a-Thon for Various Causes Set for Saturday

Inspired by a touching Alicia Keys song, the dancers of Happy Feet Dance School wanted to do one more act that would bring them together as a group considering many are graduating high school and going off to different paths of life next year. Many of the girls have been dancing together for more than […]